Scenes from Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental will be captured in pictures starting on Monday, Aug. 5, when 14 photographers from the US and the Philippines will do their photo walks with award-winning American photojournalist and author Eli Reed, during a week-long South Pacific Photo Workshop to be held at Foundation University.
Reed is a former Nieman fellow at Harvard University who has been to Negros Oriental earlier this year for an exploratory visit. A clinical professor of photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of several books including Black in America, Reed will talk about vision and style, photographic thought processes and execution, and developing the skills and instincts that will dramatically improve photography.
Handling the workshop with Reed is acclaimed photojournalist Luis “Tata” Sinco of the Los Angeles Times. Sinco is a photojournalist with more than 20 years of experience; he was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for the LA Times for their coverage on the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2004 California wildfires. Sinco was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his photo coverage of the battle in Fallujah.
He said the workshop is aimed at “promoting visual arts” and “presenting reality” to the locals through photography.
Sinco said he is very excited to finally have this workshop in Dumaguete “because if we didn’t have one, all we have is an idea and a website.” Sinco said he hopes they will be able to conduct at least two photo workshops in a year.
The South Pacific Photo Workshop will start Monday with a welcome dinner in the evening at the FU Green. Some of the participants in the workshop include an Iraq war veteran, a sports photographer of the LA Dodgers, and an aerial coordinator for Cirque du Soleil. They will also be treated to cultural performances courtesy of the FU Buglasayaw Dance Troupe. (Paul Edward Bajas)